Category: Oslo/Reykjavik

The Oslo team will investigate, both conceptually and empirically, the relation between scarcity and creativity in the making of the built environment by examining places and periods in which there have been radical shifts from periods of scarcity to abundance and vice versa. The project asks what happens when the challenges posed by urban development and especially housing are produced under conditions of new found abundance after long periods of scarcity and vice versa. This will identify what challenges might abundance and scarcity pose for the creative and innovative design of cities, and what happens to creativity when servicing conditions of rapid economic transformation. The two cases to be studied are the city of Stavanger which experienced rapid economic growth after the discovery of oil in the North Sea in 1967, and the city of Reykjavik which after a period of boom suffered a dramatic financial crisis in 2008.

The research question for both case studies is: How, what type, and with what outcomes did Stavanger and Reykjavik produce their housing and settlement patterns in periods of scarcity and of abundance and what challenges does this pose for the future?

SCIBE workshop in Reykjavik in September 2012

The SCIBE team in Reykjavík is to kick off a workshop in cooperation with the planning department at the Agricultural University of Iceland and EMU (the European Postmaster of Urbanism) on 15 September 2012. A strong international team of students and three instructors from EMU, including Professor  Tjallingii from TUDelft and Paola Viganò from the Università IUaV of Venice will be ...

SCIBE Reykjavik article goes viral!

Last week, the Reykjavik team published an article in Fréttablaðið (the only newpaper in Iceland delivered to all households) with an illustration showing the extent of built environment in the making during six years before the crisis hit. Seeing the 24% increase in the footprint of the capital city triggered extensive blogging activity among readers, partly on facebook and partly ...

Icelandic Trends

The SCIBE team has explored in detail the relationship between Iceland's economic development, resource use and the built environment. Here more!  

SCIBE workshop at Icelandic Academy of the Arts

Several local lecturers participated at the two weeks intensive SCIBE-workshop at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts, August-September 2011. This was highly successful in bringing local resources to the fore, shifting focus for the making of an environment that has lately been thoroughly dependent on foreign resource-flows. Four different scenarios entailing basic needs - water, food, dwelling and mobility - were ...

Mapping Scarcity

The Reykjavik team is making a blog mapping out their findings! Check out the blog as it is taking shape! In addition, they are launching an interactive action map facilitating public engagement to inform the project.

Scarcity and Creative Practices

Edward Robbins   The book will bring together a critical discussion of the current state of the language and theory of development as it relates to the urban poor and urban society in the South along with current projects and practices of important stakeholders. Special emphasis will be placed on the creative practices of local actors in the face of scarcity. The ...

Scarcity and Creativity in the Reykjavík environment, a workshop

The Reykjavík team will be running an urban design research workshop with the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík August 22nd – September 2nd, 2011: Contemporary global socio-economic conditions and climate change pose an uncertainty regarding future development of the built environment. It is urgent to shift towards more resilient strategies for the urban development where an investigation into ...

Creativity in Abundance: Oslo’s vacant public buildings

Studio course for 24 graduate students to run in the Fall semester 2011 There are more than 30 major public buildings in Oslo which lie empty. The studio departs from the position that in the age of population increase and limited resources it is not an option, even in an economy of abundance, to have a stock of vacant public ...

Redesigning Kariakoo: Scarcity, creativity in the South.

This is a studio course for 24 students to run in the Fall semester of 2011. The core focus of he studio will be the architectural and urban design challenges posed by Kariakoo, Dar es Salaam with a focus on the effects of scarcity/abundance on creativity. Students will undertake to: 1) map the morphology and social characteristics of Kariakoo; 2) ...

SCIBE PhD position

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) is a specialist university providing education within architecture and design and awards the degrees of PhD, Master of Architecture, Master of Industrial Design and Master of Landscape Architecture. AHO offers experience based master’s degrees within urbanism, architectural heritage and IT-related subjects.  The school has a wide-ranging research environment in four institutes; AHO ...